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Monday 1 September 2014
Filthy Still by Dan Miles: An exclusive excerpt

Read the first chapter from award-winning bartender turned author Dan Miles’ debut novel, Filthy Still: a tale of travel, sex and perfectly made cocktails

HK’s Riesling weeks winners revealed

Wines of Germany has announced the winners of its Hong Kong Riesling Weeks winners from across the on- and off-trades.

Brangelina wed at their Provence winery

Hollywood megastars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally tied the knot after years of speculation at their wine estate, Château Miraval, in Provence.

Veuve Clicquot investigating tablet hoax

Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is investigating a hoax by a Russian marketing agency about the supposed release of Veuve-branded tablets.

Napa earthquake wine bucket challenge

Two local Napa residents aim to draw attention to the recent earthquake in the Napa Valley with the Napa Earthquake Wine Bucket Challenge.

Beer

Brewery releases 99-pack of beer

A Texas brewery has eschewed the traditional six-pack of beer and released a mighty, seven foot long 99-pack for a simple US$99.

Guinness launches new Africa campaign

Guinness have launched a new multimedia advertising campaign which looks at Africa from the perspective of a new generation of African artists and performers.

Brooklyn bar puts boobs up front

A new bar that pays homage to breasts has opened in the New York neighbourhood of Brooklyn.

Police seeking beer thief dressed as penguin

Police in County Durham are searching for a man who stole 10 cans of beer from a supermarket while dressed in a penguin onesie.

Fine wine vs the Hamptons rosé crisis

The series examines how those holidaying in the Hamptons this weekend can beat the great rosé drought in style.

by Rupert Millar

Travel, sex and perfectly made cocktails

Award-winning bartender turned author Dan Miles on how his debut novel, Filthy Still, became a bestseller by word of mouth. by Dan Miles

Through a glass, darkly: Branded glassware

Richard Shotton, head of Insight at ZenithOptimedia Group, explores the world of branded glassware asking what impact a brand's investment really has on the consumer. by Richard Shotton

China: A ‘misunderstood’ wine market

The Wine Explorers get to the heart of Hong Kong's fine wine scene interviewing top wine professionals Debra Meiburg MW and Eddison Leung, buying manager for Watson’s Wine. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot
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WHISK(E)Y

Investors switching from wine to whisky

As the value of the world’s top fine wines continues to decline, investors are increasingly turning to rare single malt Scotch and Japanese whisky instead.

Jack Daniel’s under fire from Russia

Jack Daniel’s has defended itself against claims “chemical substances not common to whiskey” had been found in its Tennessee Honey Liqueur.

Drink-driver straps whiskey in child seat

A drink-driving dad strapped a bottle of whiskey into his car’s child seat — instead of his two-year-old-son.

Death of caretaker ends whiskey theft case

The death of a caretaker has ended criminal charges that he drank more than US$100,000 worth of whiskey stolen from his employer.

Our Top 10's

Top wines in the UK press

A “ravishing” Gewürztraminer and a sparkling Malbec from Moët & Chandon’s Argentinean outpost make this week’s round up.

Top 10 drinks tweets of the week

This week’s roundup features the fashion-conscious Will Lyons, TV fan Tim Atkin MW, and even an appearance from our very own team db.

Top 10 wines in the US press

US wine writers went mad for Pinot Noir this week recommending a number of California’s best bottles, alongside a wine made by one of the “greatest winemakers on Earth”.

Top 10 beers in the world press

A raspberry IPA, cyclist-friendly “radler” and Turtle-powered IPA make it into this week’s top beer picks in the press.

Top 10 dry rosés over £10

France, in particular Provence, led the way for rosés over £10 in our 2014 Global Rosé Masters, but there were some worthy mentions from elsewhere in Europe and the US.

Seven of the best wine lists in Asia

We count down the restaurants home to some of Asia’s best wine lists, as decided by China’s Wine List of the Year Awards.

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Fine Wine

Lidl to list 48 French fine wines

“Fine wine” and “German discount chain, Lidl” are words that don’t often appear in the same sentence, but that’s about to change.

Beyond the blog: is fine wine recovering?

Liv-ex has been tracking the ratio of bids to offers for signs of a recovery, and in the week to 21 August recorded it had hit 0.46, the highest since March.

What’s hot at Hedonism

We count down the best selling labels over the summer at Hedonism Wines, Mayfair’s neighbourhood “offie” for well-heeled Russians.

The big fake fall out

As Rudy Kurniawan, fine wine’s answer to Bernie Madoff, begins his prison sentence in New York, the trade is coming to terms with the fall-out.

Champagne

Mandarin Oriental launches “Pink and Purple” afternoon teas

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong has launched a new afternoon tea service (with pink bubbly) in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Fera and Dom Pérignon join luxury forces

Dom Pérignon is marking the second “plenitude” release of its 1998 vintage with a special £405 per head tasting menu tie-in at London’s latest fine dining hotspot, Fera at Claridge’s.

Champagne coupe moulded from Kate Moss’s breast launched

English supermodel Kate Moss’s left breast has been immortalised in a Champagne coupe designed by painter Lucian Freud’s daughter.

Pernod pushes for a premium Christmas

Pernod Ricard UK has flagged up a host of data to show why on-trade outlets should encourage customers to trade up this Christmas.

Champagne touted as next big investment

Vintage Champagne is being touted as the next big wine investment by London-based fine wine merchant Woolf Sung.